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Beginning after version 3.3.6, SQLite has the ability to load new SQL functions and collating sequences from shared libraries and DLLs. This means that you no longer have to recompile SQLite in order to add new functions and collations.

There is a new experimental API call sqlite3_load_extension() that does the loading. It is accessed from the shell using the ".load" command:

.load filename  ?entrypoint?

The filename is the name of the shared library or DLL. The entrypoint is the name of an initialization function within the shared library. If the entry point is omitted, a suitable entry point name is constructed from the filename.

The following code is an example of how to build a loadable extension:

#include <sqlite3ext.h>

** The half() SQL function returns half of its input value.
static void halfFunc(
  sqlite3_context *context,
  int argc,
  sqlite3_value **argv
  sqlite3_result_double(context, 0.5*sqlite3_value_double(argv[0]));

int demo2_init(sqlite3 *db, char **pzErrMsg, const sqlite3_api_routines *pApi){
  sqlite3_create_function(db, "half", 1, SQLITE_ANY, 0, halfFunc, 0, 0);
  return 0;

In the example above, the green text is boiler-plate that should appear in every loadable extension (except that you may want to change the name of the initialization function to something other than "demo2".) The blue text is stuff you enter. In the example, a single SQL function that does nothing but multiply its input by 0.5 is shown. A real loadable extension would probably do something more useful.

Additional documentation is forthcoming...